After the assault of a nine-month-old girl at a daycare centre in Kharghar came to light, the Navi Mumbai police issued a notification to all daycare centres in the city with guidelines under section144 of the Criminal Procedure Code for them to follow.
These guidelines include doing a background check of those they plan to employ, installing CCTV cameras at the daycare centre, checking the footage of the centre every 24 hours and ensuring that CCTV cameras are IP-based to enable parents to check the goings-on at the centre.
The police have given the owners of daycare centres 90 days to ensure that these rules are implemented. If the owners fail to follow them within the given time frame, the police will book them under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, said a senior officer.
Prashant Khaire, deputy commissioner of police, zone 1, said, “We have given them sufficient time to implement the guidelines for the safety of children. Our officers will visit them after 90 days to check if they are following the rules. If we find any lapse, FIRs will be registered under section 188 of IPC against the owners.”
Officials of the 20 police stations in Navi Mumbai are now collecting and compiling data of the daycare centres in areas under their jurisdictions at the behest of the city police chief Hemant Nagrale.
Another police officer from the special branch said, “Our task will not finish with just one visit to the daycare centres after three months. We will continue to keep a watch on them and check if they are violating any norm. We are taking all the necessary measures to ensure that no child is assaulted at any daycare centre.”
Social activists from the city are also working as the eyes and ears of the police.
Nisha Singh, an activist from Kharghar, said, “We met police commissioner Hemant Nagrale at his Belapur office on Tuesday and requested him to ensure that such incidents do not recur.”
“The police have issued guidelines for such daycare centres. But how will they ensure that the rules are being followed by the owners. Every police station should have a special team to check if there is any violation of the norms in such centres of their jurisdiction,” she said.
The four rules to be followed
Following the assault of a nine-month-old girl at a daycare centre in Kharghar, the Navi Mumbai police have issued a notification to all daycare centres in the city under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The notification contains the following four rules that the centres must implement to ensure the safety of children:
1) The owners will have to conduct an antecedent verification of the helps and other employees at the time of hiring
2) They will have to install CCTV cameras before making the daycare centre operational
3) The owner will have to review the footage of the CCTV cameras every 24 hours to keep a watch on any untoward incidents
4) The CCTV cameras should be IP-based. This will enable parents to check what is happening in the centres from their workplace or from any part of the world. (The police, however, agree that to implement this rule may take some more time)